The Most Awkward Celebrity Interviews From Japan

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We already brought you “The 10 Most Awkward Local News Interviews,” but that’s limited to American television. When it comes to “WTF?”-caliber on-air madness, there’s just no competing with our friends in Japan.

See, in the U.S. we like things tidy and controlled (read: “American Idol,” Jay Leno). In Japan, it’s a little different. They prefer their celebrity TV interviews to go completely off the rails. If any of this stuff aired in the States, a lot of entertainment industry folks would be out of a job.

1. Beastie Boys

It’s tough to pinpoint what we like best about this NSFW clip from almost 25 years ago. It might be the model sloppily eating ice cream for no reason. Or maybe it’s the late Adam Yauch (“MCA”) constantly playing with his fly and shouting, “Reach down and fondle my balls with ya fingaz!” (He matured after this era. A lot.)

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2. Rupert Grint (a.k.a. Ron Weasley)

This Japanese schoolgirl interviewer FREAKS THE F*** OUT when she sees Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies. She even touches his nose, then smells her finger(!) Yep, that happened.

3. Cameron Diaz & Ashton Kutcher

The hosts are a little too excited to interview Cameron and Ashton. There’s hands being creepily wiped on pants, a dude in a striped shirt dancing like he’s having a seizure… it’s like karmic revenge on Ashton for all those “Punk’d” pranks.

4. Britney Spears

In this clip, Britney isn’t being asked questions about her music or anything. She’s just playing some sort of Mr. Potato Head/Don’t Wake Daddy kinda game with the host. We’re wondering if this is an interview at all or a test to see if Britney is on the verge of shaving her head again.

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RG Daniels (@RGDaniels) is a comedian and writer in Brooklyn, NY.